Home Field Advantage for Team BKR at Michigan

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Brad Keselowski Racing NCWTS Preview: Michigan International Speedway

Keys to the Race

  • Michigan is a home game for BKR
  • How long can a driver run wide-open?
  • Truck must be fast and handle well in traffic
  • Difficult to run lower lane due to transition and banking
  • Track position trumps tires at Michigan
  • A lot can be gained on restarts, but don’t put yourself in a compromising situation

No. 19 Draw-Tite Ford F-150

  • Driver of the No. 19 Draw-Tite Ford F-150 has racked up four consecutive top-10 finishes entering the LTi Printing 200
  • Will be making his 19th NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start and first ever at Michigan
  • Sits 10th in the NCWTS championship standings
  • Claimed Sunoco Rookie of the Race honors at Pocono
  • Has an average finish of 5.50 in two most recent NCWTS speedway starts
  • DID YOU KNOW? Ryan Blaney was the first BKR driver to win a pole at Michigan (2014)
  • BKR has five top-10 finishes in 10 Michigan starts

Austin Cindric: “The Michigan race is Brad Keselowski Racing’s Super Bowl because most of our partners are Michigan-based. We’re going to have a lot of people come out and support us this weekend, so it would be the coolest thing to get a win in our Draw-Tite Ford F-150 in the LTi Printing 200. Michigan seems to be a mix between a mile-and-a-half and a superspeedway. Handling still matters, like on a mile-and-a-half, and there’s a lot of drafting. You’ve got to be good in traffic, and I’ve gotten better at understanding that throughout the year.”

No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150

  • Briscoe has one previous start at MIS in the ARCA Racing Series. In 2016, he led 31 laps before finishing 2nd
  • Cooper Standard, headquartered in Novi, Michigan, is expected to have 1,400 guests in the grandstands for Saturday’s LTi Printing 200
  • Briscoe and teammate Austin Cindric will be making an appearance at the Dearborn Ford F-150 plant, meeting some of its 4,190 employees
  • The BKR pair will also participate in Ford Driver day on Thursday at Ford World Headquarters
  • Continues to lead Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings and remains third in the driver points
  • Leads all NCWTS drivers in laps completed in 2017 (1,864 of 1,868, 99.78%)
  • Leads all rookies in laps led (105), average running position (7.927) and driver rating (100.5)
  • Average finish in the last five NCWTS races is 6.4

Chase Briscoe: “The intensity is certainly picking up as we get closer to the playoffs, and we’ve only got four races remaining to lock ourselves in with a win or the point lead. I’m ready to see what we have at Michigan; I feel like out of the next four races leading into the playoffs, Michigan will be one of the bigger wild cards. It’s going to be fun racing in Cooper Standard and Ford’s backyard; hopefully we can put on a good show for them. BKR has never gotten a win before at its ‘home track’ and we’d really like to change that.”